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Senior Project Engineer Water Resources

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Water Resources Engineering
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Engineer, Senior Engineer
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The City of Santa Barbara’s Public Works Department is hiring for two (2) Senior Project Engineer positions, one focused on delivering design projects and one focused on delivering construction projects. These positions are in the Engineering Division and will support the robust Water and Wastewater capital programs by facilitating all aspects of complex public works projects. The position is responsible for the complete management and facilitation of capital projects from planning through implementation, which includes the investigation, project scope development, environmental review, design, construction, and project administration. Individuals in this position will work collaboratively and independently in a dynamic environment to deliver projects that benefit the community. The position maintains effective communication with stakeholders, City management, and oversight Boards and Commissions; exercises professional engineering judgment in accordance with current professional practice and appropriate laws and codes; oversees the preparation of technical reports and correspondence; and performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


The ideal candidate will understand and demonstrate key management and leadership principles, including being deliberate about collaboration and professionalism, in addition to being an excellent communicator, flexible, a good listener, and able to express ideas and exercise good judgement in analyzing situations and making decisions. This candidate will have strong technical and interpersonal skills and experience necessary to manage and deliver capital projects within a collaborative team environment.


Design: This position is in the Engineering Division and will support the Water Resources Engineering team’s design group needs. This position is responsible for developing and managing the design of complex capital improvement projects, primarily focused in water resources infrastructure. This position will facilitate the development of project goals and ensure support from all stakeholders, develop a scope of work aligned with project goals, develop project budgets and facilitate all necessary budgetary actions, solicit requests for proposals from needed consultants, facilitate all environmental and design review approvals and permits, and manage the implementation of consultant contracts to develop complete plans, specifications, and construction estimates for public bidding. Candidates for this position need to communicate effectively amongst stakeholders including, but not limited to, consultants, client divisions, community members, outside organizations, and boards and commissions.


Construction: This position is in the Engineering Division and will support the Water Resources Engineering team’s construction needs. This includes the ability to independently manage all aspects of complex construction projects, both small and large, primarily focused in water resources infrastructure. Regardless of the scale of the project, the Senior Engineer is expected to: participate in constructability reviews; develop scope and manage the selection of construction support services; maintain financial records and make projections of project costs; coordinate construction activities with other City departments; keep stakeholders informed; involve the client when significant scope and cost changes are needed; manage City support staff and consultants to meet the goals of the project and client divisions. Candidates for this position need to communicate effectively amongst stakeholders including, but not limited to, contractors, client divisions, community members, and outside organizations.         


Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the advanced journey level class within the Project Engineer series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Project Engineer I/II by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including independent facilitation of all aspects of complex public works projects, including the investigation, planning, design, review permitting, and construction of capital improvement projects. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.




Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Principles and practices of project and construction management; program development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of complex engineering design.
  • City design standards
  • Principles and practices of capital project financing and accounting.
  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical civil engineering report preparation.
  • Materials, tools, and equipment used in civil engineering.
  • Principles and practices of capital budget development and administration.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil engineering.
  • Pertinent Federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
  • State and Federal requirements for Grant funded projects.

Ability to:

  • Develop, review and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
  • Participate in professional civil engineering activities for assigned projects.
  • Prepare and maintain technical civil engineering records and prepare reports.
  • Coordinate phases of construction projects and prepare progress reports.
  • Manage complex engineering projects.
  • Operate computer engineering systems and project management software.
  • Participate in professional journey-level civil engineering activities for assigned projects.
  • Develop RFPs for planning, design, and construction management services. 
  • Conduct engineering studies and develop appropriate recommendations.
  • Perform technical research and solve engineering problems.
  • Compile technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


    Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



    Four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering experience.


    Education and/or Training:

    Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field; or an equivalent combination of directly related education and experience is desirable.


    License, Certificate and/or Other Requirements:

    Possession of a valid driver's license.

    Possession of an appropriate, valid Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer, in California is preferred.




    It is important that your application and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess which qualifies you for this position. All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Be sure to be thorough in your responses. Statements such as “See application”, “Extensive Experience”, or "See Resume" are not an acceptable substitute for a completed application and supplemental questionnaire.  


    The selection process may consist of an application screening, written exam, computer skills exam and/or an oral interview. The successful candidate's employment history will be thoroughly evaluated prior to appointment.




    There are currently two (2) vacancies within the Public Works Department.


    Communication regarding your application and/or status will be sent to the email address listed on your application.  Please check your email and spam regularly throughout the recruitment process. You may also log into your account to view these emails.


    OPEN & CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT:  Because this recruitment is open and continuous, applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible. The filing period for an open and continuous recruitment may be closed at any time. FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION CITY APPLICATION AND RESPONSES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:30 PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

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